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We bring you the top best airports of 2019 according to the British research company Skytrax. The company surveyed 14 million passengers from around the world, so the sample can be considered true.
20. Dubai International Airport
It is the largest aviation harbor in the UAE and the third busiest in the world. The main airlines here – Emirates and Flydubai.
Dubai International Airport
But its main advantage is not its huge cross-country ability, but in high technology and visitor orientation. Passengers move through the terminal on the elavator belt, rather than walking. Strollers are provided for children. And if you wish, you can pay about $ 100 and order a meeting service, Akhlan or Markhaba - they will meet you, walk you past the queues and speed up the process of getting into the city in every possible way.
Other services include free Wi-Fi, right on the territory has a five-star hotel with a spa, 25 restaurants and bars, some of which are very refined. If the hotel is expensive, you can rent a sleeping booth with a bed, internet and TV.
The local chic duty-free – deserves special attention. it has not only low prices, but also constantly organizes lotteries for those who bought a certain amount. You can even win a car.
19. Cape Town International Airport
The air terminal of the legislative capital of South Africa is the best in Africa and one of the best airports in 2019. It used to be small and insignificant, but at the end of the 20th century it was transferred to the private company Airports Company South Africa. improved and began to attract locals and tourists. And in 2009, the building was seriously reconstructed, connecting all internal and external terminals.
Cape Town International Airport
Inside there is an automatic luggage scan, lounges and mother and child lounges, bar , bakery, duty-free shops, as well as the huge Spur Steak Ranches restaurant. Also, everything is equipped for people with disabilities, there is a porter service and even mobile phones for rent.
18. Pudong in Shanghai
This air harbor made it to the top of the best airports in the world thanks to its very beautiful terminals. But it clearly lacks ergonomics – stairs and other elements are not very convenient, many cafes and restaurants close after 10 pm, and duty-free does not work after midnight. However, there are also convenient moments – rooms for mothers and children, a large number of restaurants, lockers, recreation areas, a separate hall for business class. There is even a free Wi-Fi, but the PIN code for entering it usually does not come to the RF numbers. The room is large, buses run between the terminals.
Pudong in Shanghai
17. Vantaa in Helsinki
The first European airport in our top of the best airports in the world 2019. It serves a huge passenger traffic, but has only two terminals – for flights within the Schengen area and all others. They are located nearby, which is convenient for transit passengers.
Inside, you can spend time with comfort – there are cafes, restaurants, shops (including duty free), playgrounds, a hairdresser, there is even a Finnair Spa & Saunas with saunas and swimming pool. There are four-star hotels on the territory, cabins for sleeping and a rest room Kainuu Room, where you can relax on folding chairs or even just on carpets – According to tourists, it is very convenient.
Vantaa in Helsinki
For entertainment, you can book a tour of the airport, look at art exhibits, or go to the nearby aviation museum. An excellent view of the terminals opens from the observation deck.
Of course, there is free Wi-Fi, there are places for charging the phone and computer stations with Internet access. And at Kainuu Lounge you can exchange your read book for a new one.
16. Brisbane Airport
This terminal was named the best in Australia in 2007. He deserved it mainly due to the special comfort. There are many restaurants and cafes on its territory. There is a mother and child room on each floor. In addition to the usual duty-free shops, there are points with rare Australian souvenirs, for example, the Australian Produce Store or Around Australia. And on the fourth floor there is even a small chapel, which is very rare.
You can spend the night in different places. Tourists note that the International Terminal has very comfortable sofas for sleeping, and it is best to relax on the fourth floor. The main thing is to remember that the air conditioners are always turned on at full, so a warm blanket may be needed. The TVs are also very loud, so don't forget your earplugs.
Free showers are available in some bathrooms for extra comfort.
several recreation areas, but these often require special club memberships or admission fees. And on the third floor of the international terminal there are devices with hot water – there you can make yourself hot tea or instant noodles.
15. Kastrup in Copenhagen
Another one of the best airports in the world 2019, located in Scandinavia. It is mostly attractive for its cozy waiting rooms and a large number of information desks, although tourists note that the building is a little confusing. There are a lot of cafes and restaurants with delicious food, infrastructure for people with disabilities is developed.
Kastrup in Copenhagen
Tourists also like the duty-free zone – it is very large, there is a lot of alcohol, sweets, clothes, there are even household goods and electronics.
If you are flying with connections, you may need to walk between the terminals. For this, free buses run regularly.
14. Narita in Tokyo
This airport in Chiba Prefecture, in the east of Greater Tokyo, has become international for offloading the main Tokyo airport Hanade. The first, international terminal has all the conditions for a comfortable waiting for the plane, a huge duty free and a food court. Almost all the staff speaks English, sometimes there are even Russian-speaking Japanese, and in general the attitude towards tourists is very friendly. The structure of the building is clear, there are signs everywhere, it is very difficult to get lost.
Narita in Tokyo
You can also charge your phone, order luggage delivery anywhere in Japan, rent a car, take a shower, do your laundry and even soak up the spa.
13. Vancouver Airport
Located on an island in the Fraser River and is Canada's premier air harbor, serving domestic and international flights. It has a very impressive interior, but it got into our list rather for interesting little things:
12. Kansai in Osaka
This Japanese air terminal is especially interesting because it is built right in the sea, on a bulk `` island ''. When Osaka lost government subsidies, it became very poor, and it was decided to build a large international airport. There was no place in the city, and then the grandiose structure was built on the water.
The building turned out to be really beautiful, and at the same time stable – it has withstood both typhoons and earthquakes. In addition, it is also the world's largest one-room premise – all `` rooms '' are just partitions. The entire building is made of glass and steel, and the terminals are like legs, which makes the airport look like a huge insect.
Kansai in Osaka
There are 12 restaurants in the building, including including vegetarian and even kosher cuisine. During the day, you can watch the sea and airplanes from the gorgeous roof garden. And from 10 to 18 the museum is open, dedicated to Kansai and aviation in general. You can wait for your flight at the hotel right on the territory of Kansai.
11. Schiphol in Amsterdam
This terminal has been operating since 1916, although it has been rebuilt several times since then. It serves many flights, including transit, and is very busy.
Schiphol in Amsterdam
Guests feel comfortable here – right on the territory there are many hotels, even the Hilton, its own shopping center, and the terminals regularly host exhibitions of local museums. Recently, you can even register a marriage at the airport, and the presence of a morgue is quite unusual. There is a library, playroom, recreation areas, restaurants, a prayer room, lockers and even a large spa. By the way, on the territory there are quite a few areas for smoking – smokers like it, but others think they are too high. Free Wi-Fi is very good, but sometimes it gets disconnected and requires reconnection.
10. Frankfurt am Main
The largest in Germany and one of the three largest in Europe and the tenth in the top of the best airports in the world. They started to use automatic baggage sorting very early on, and this system works perfectly. There is a bus between the two terminals every ten minutes, so it's easy to get there for a change.
Heathrow in London
From the interesting one can note the Gray Goose Loft cocktail bar, which is very chic for the station. Very inexpensive fast foods, you can buy cheap coffee from vending machines. The Duty Free zone is a waste, but everything is inexpensive there. In recreation areas, you can also sit in restaurants and bars, or go online through free Wi-Fi. There are also deluxe lounges for first and business class passengers, others can stay there for extra money.
If you get bored, be sure to visit the Heathrow Airport Visitor Center, where they tell you the history of Heathrow and give you access to a viewpoint with great views.
8. Zurich Airport
The largest aviation harbor in Switzerland, sometimes called Kloten. Everything is quite thought out, intuitive, easy to get to the city. One drawback – even business lounges are closed at night, and you can only have a snack at the vending machines.
Internet is free. For five francs, you can go up to the observation deck and look there with binoculars at the landing of aircraft.
Children are treated in a very special way. For groups of six, regular three-hour parties are organized with refreshments, excursions, entertainment and photos. There are also just excursions around the airport, and you can also go cycling and rollerblading.
7. Center Nagoya
Nagoya Chubu Center in Nagoya is today one of the largest airports in Japan and one of the best airports in 2019. The main thing is that it is convenient – it is a large comfortable waiting room with free internet, mother and child rooms and even massage chairs. There are a lot of shops, both ordinary and duty-free. There is a chapel, a playroom, a first-aid post and even a whole Skytown shopping center. By the way, even the interior of the airport looks like a shopping mall.
6. Hamad in Doha
This air terminal in the capital of Qatar was built in 2014. It is not very popular with Russians, but it is very comfortable.
While waiting for a flight, you can stay at the Airport Hotel with a spa and gym, you can sleep on couches in the family or TV zone. Some rest in prayer rooms, but don't expect the promised silence. It is quite comfortable to sleep on soft carpets on the floor – the guards are looking at this normally. Get ready to be bright and noisy – buy sleep masks and earplugs.
Hamad in Doha
There are showers in the waiting rooms, there are mother and child rooms, and there are children's playgrounds. Of course, Duty Free works.
You can have fun in the art museum or in the fitness center with a swimming pool and gym.
5. Hong Kong Airport
Located on the artificial island of Chek Lap Kok, very beautiful and comfortable. It is especially notable for its interesting restaurants – some are located on the roof. There is an entertainment center with a cinema, gym and theme center. Aviation Center tells the history of aviation.
Hong Kong Airport
There are almost no places for rest in the public area, after the security pass, ample opportunities open up – Lounge at gates 23 and 25, hotel at terminal one and benches and chairs, almost all without armrests. There are free showers in the lounges. Lounges are available only for an additional fee, or for business class passengers.
4. Munich Airport
Named after Franz Josef Strauss. Very clean, large and modern, there are 24 hour cafes, free Wi-Fi. It is comfortable to sleep in armchairs. The second terminal has a Lufthansa room with comfortable seating, where they give out free coffee. You can calmly rest in cabins with hourly pay, or at the hotel. Showers are also available, but you have to pay extra.
A lot of children's entertainment – aviation-style playgrounds, play areas, mother and child rooms, etc.
There are shops, but tourists note that Duty Free is quite expensive. Since the airport is German, the brewery in it does not look so unusual, although there are no analogues in the world. Open from 8pm to 1am and serves 7 beers.
Guided tours, fitness room with jacuzzi and pool, a hairdresser and even a casino.
Now let's move on to the top three airports in the world 2019 according to British researchers. By the way, they are all in Asia – European service could not live up to the ideal.
3. Incheon in Seoul
It is quite popular with Russian citizens – it is often used for transit to Asian countries. If the connection forces you to stay here for a long time, be sure to take the airport card at the transfer desk. The territory is very comfortable – there are free lounges, hotel with pay by the hour, showers, cafes, restaurants and shops. On the bench, as at other airports, you definitely won't have to sleep. All the plates have inscriptions in English.
In general, spending time here is very pleasant – there is a casino, children's zones, massage chairs and even rooms with TVs and DVDs. Prayer rooms are also equipped.
Incheon in Seoul
The food is good too – Four dozen cafes, restaurants and eateries offer a variety of cuisines, from traditional Korean to fast food. On the fourth floor there is a gallery and a museum of Korean culture, on the third one can get acquainted with the culture live – people in traditional costumes will teach you how to make Korean style souvenirs. There are also 2, 5 and 8 hour tours in Seoul. True, you need a visa to visit. In general, you will definitely not be bored here.
2. Haneda in Tokyo
There are so many Japanese airports in our top because the Japanese know how to make the stay of tourists as comfortable as possible. Comfortable toilets, attention to people with disabilities, chic lounges and beautiful interiors will not leave anyone indifferent.
There is a huge six-story shopping center in the second terminal, where almost everything is for sale.
Haneda in Tokyo
By the way, the airport looks very different in the photo, due to the different design of all three terminals. And there is also a full-fledged polyclinic and dentistry.
The airport hardly serves international flights, so our tourists rarely visit it.
1. Changi in Singapore
Three hundred awards show that Changi Airport in Singapore is ranked first in the top of the best airports in the world for a reason. As tourists note, everything here is completely free – internet, cinema, live music in bars and cafes, chic greenhouses and aquariums, swimming pools, gyms and even city tours!
Changi in Singapore
Moving between terminals on the SkyTrain system is also completely free – everything for the convenience of guests. The rest rooms are very comfortable – no hotels needed. This is complemented by chic interiors.
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Topic: Top 20 best airports in the world.